Titus

Titus, like Timothy was a close companion and associate of Paul.  Paul also made Titus a test case regarding circumcising Gentile Christians.  Whereas, Paul circumcised Timothy to accommodate the Jewish Christians.  In the case of Titus, he did not do so.  Timothy’s mother was a Jew.  Titus parents were Gentiles.  He cited his decision to not circumcise Titus as a precedent for not falling back under the slavery of the law. (Galatians 2:1-10)

On his third missionary journey Paul learned of problems in Corinth.  He sent Titus ahead to check out the reports.  Titus eventually brought Paul a report that the Corinthians were repentant and longed to see Paul.  Paul sent Titus back to Corinth to continue his pastoral work and to encourage the congregation to participate generously in the collection that Paul was coming to receive for the relief of the Christians in Jerusalem and Judea.

Later, in 2 Tim. 4:10 we learn that Titus is in Dalmatia, which is in present day Croatia on the east side of the Adriatic Sea across from Italy.

The letter Paul wrote to Titus contains qualifications for church leaders.  Christian life is based on the grace of God shown in Jesus Christ who is our Savior and has redeemed us.

According to tradition he died on the island of Crete in 96 AD having served the church there as bishop.

The Prayer of the Day for Titus petitions God on behalf of all those who preach the Word.

Almighty God, You called Titus to the work of pastor and teacher.  Make all shepherds of Your flock diligent in preaching Your holy Word so that the whole world may know the immeasurable riches of our Savior, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

 

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